Leen Ritmeyer’s updated illustration of 6th century Jerusalem

Dr. Leen Ritmeyer’s illustrations of biblical sites are a tremendous resource and have been used in many publications, including the 2008 ESV Study Bible. He is especially known for his work regarding Jerusalem and the ancient Jewish Temples.

Dr. Ritmeyer has included the recently-discovered Byzantine road from the Jaffa Gate in his illustration of Early Byzantine Jerusalem. As I mentioned in a previous post, a 6th-century map of Jerusalem shows the new road and many other architectural details of the city. He describes his illustration on his blog:

Using [the Madaba map] as a basis and taking all the Byzantine remains found in Jerusalem into consideration, I was able to make a reconstruction drawing of the city during that time.

See his illustration, updated with the most recent discovery, here.

About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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